WORLD No. 1 Serena Williams reckons the Australian Open is chickenfeed when it comes to boosting a bank account that already bulges like her biceps.
She took home $1.128 million for beating sister Venus in this year's Australian Open final.
But the multi-millionaire binge-shopper gets much more excited about the US Open because the bucks are bigger. Asked how much of a motivating force money is to her, the reigning Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open champion said: "When I first began it was a larger factor than it is now.
"I'm always motivated at the US Open because they always pay a lot. I mean, this year I think it will probably be $1.45 million. Who wouldn't want to win that? But it's tough for tournaments like Australia. I definitely play to win the grand slam (trophy) when I go there."
Men's world No. 1 Andre Agassi, who won the same amount as Williams at this year's Australian Open, was taken aback by her comments.
"If you're asking me what I think of the prizemoney in Australia, my prayer is that I never get to the point in life where I think hundreds of thousands of dollars isn't a lot of money," he said.
Tennis powerbrokers are due to meet this week to discuss player demands for increased prizemoney.
The Australian Open has routinely offered more money each year and, while still lagging behind the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, it also offers the best facilities.
Tennis Australia increased its prizemoney by 10 per cent this season and continues to slowly close the gap on its three grand slam partners. The tournament offers the same number of rankings points as the other grand slams.
Williams has already won $17.3 million in prizemoney and is already guaranteed of adding at least a further $191,051 by reaching the French Open quarters.
Incentives for winning majors and ranking bonuses would have the American boasting career earnings of more than $70 million.
Agassi has earned more than $38 million on court over his career and gives millions to charity each year.